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    Default Wing commander Russell John Oxley DSO DFC OBE

    Gents,

    Looking for details on the award of the DSO to this officer, any pointers please.

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    The citation reads:

    This officer was the pilot of the leading Hampden bomber of a squadron selected to give direct air support in the combined operations on Vaagso. Perfect coordination was maintained and the attacks were carried out , mostly below 300 feet, exactly as planned. In the face of opposition, W/C Oxley himself attacked from only 100 feet, while his W/Op and rear gunner machine gunned the defences. His aircraft was hit several times by shell fire and one shell jammed the rudder. despite this, W/C Oxley flew the damaged aircraft back to this country and made a safe laning. He displayed inspiring leadership, skill and courage throughout.

    The award was gazetted on 3 April 1942 and a record appears in the Air Ministry Bulletin No: 6604.

    Oxley was with 50 Sqn at the time.

    Colin Cummings

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    Hi Colin,

    Thank you for your help, for some reason I did not read what I found on Sunday, I actually looked at this and for some reason concluded it was a citation for the DFC, that will teach me to read what I am looking at. !!!

    Thank you once again Colin.

    Regards

    Steve
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